Walking Hadrian's Wall Path

28th September - 4th October 2012

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Last Christmas Elaine declared a wish to walk the Hadrian's Wall Path, a distance of 84 miles.  Marcus thought it a good idea and volunteered to accompany her if a suitable week could be agreed.   The eventual plan was to walk from East to West and to take a week to do so. This meant walking about 12 miles per day. He had some holiday available in late September so once the holiday dates were confirmed accommodation was booked. Our base was to be about central and a suitable cottage found and booked. A night in a hotel in Newcastle was also booked so that the walk could start early on the first day - a Friday as it happened. Marcus's wife, Alison, agreed to come for the weekend and walk part of the path. Also, Marcus's brother, Alexander, and his wife, Lia, agreed to come for the weekend as well.

We found plenty of tea rooms, pubs and food shops along the wall.

Heddon on the Wall - good tea room and pub

Portgate (A68) - good pub

Hexham (just off the Wall - large Tesco, Waitrose, probably other shops as well.

Walltown Quarry - good car park, toilets and cafe

Housesteads - National Trust/English Heritage run cafe, toilets and souvenir shop

Haltwhistle - Co-op minimarket, Sainsbury supermarket, pubs, toilets and other shops

Greenhead - good pub and tea room

Gilsland - good tea room. Pub but does not serve food.

Brampton - tea rooms, pubs, supermarkets, other shops

Carlisle - plenty of supermarkets, cafes, restaurants, pubs.

Bowness on Solway - little parking, pub closes during afternoon, very small village.